National Press Club

Sen. Murphy to Discuss Guns at Thursday Luncheon

September 2, 2016 | By Jonathan D. Salant |

U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy, the Connecticut Democrat who led a filibuster to force votes on gun control measures, will speak at a National Press Club luncheon on Thursday, Sept. 8.

The Second Amendment is a hot issue with both principal presidential candidates, with Donald Trump endorsed by the National Rifle Association and Hillary Clinton seeking expanded background checks for gun buyers.

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Secretary of Defense Ash Carter to speak on defense budget at Sept. 15 Luncheon

September 1, 2016 | By Erik Meltzer |

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter will discuss the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act at a Club luncheon on Thursday, Sept. 15.

The NDAA authorizes defense spending and sets policy for the 12 months. House Republicans included a provision in their version of the bill to accommodate defense contractors' religious beliefs. Opponents said this would allow them to ignore President Barack Obama's executive order banning discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered individuals.

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Humorous Speech Contest Monday, Sept. 12, at 7 p.m. in McClendon Room

September 1, 2016 | By Leslie Kingsley |

Please be the National Press Clubs Toastmasters group guests at a special contest Monday, Sept. 12, at 7 p.m. in McClendon Room as Toastmasters practice humorous speaking -– extemporaneous and planned.

Toastmasters meets on the second and fourth Monday of each month, and all meetings are open to Club members and the public.

Toastmasters also serves as a platform to develop professional speaking and leadership skills, and is a great platform to practice delivering a policy piece or other technical speech. You’ll be amazed at the things people do and know.

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"Seoul Man" Book Rap Wednesday Sept. 7 with former Postie Frank Ahrens

September 1, 2016 | By Lindsay Underwood, Member Engagement Manager |

Ever wondered what it would be like to leave your job and your home country behind, and start over with a new career in a new culture?

For those only wanting to do this vicariously, Frank Ahrens has written a book about doing just this and will discuss it at a National Press Club Book Rap on Wednesday, Sept. 7 at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are $5 for National Press Club members; $10 for the public. Click here to jump to the ticket form.

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Club podcast analyzes impact of political commentary on the public, elections and journalism

August 30, 2016 | By Adam Konowe |

National Pres Club member Shannon Fisher talks to Bloomberg News Washington Bureau Chief and fellow Club member Megan Murphy about the unique role of political commentary in elections in a Club Update-1 podcast now online.

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Club Luncheon with Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, Monday, Oct. 3

August 30, 2016 | By Lindsay Underwood, Member Engagement Manager |

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, the only original member of President Barack Obama's cabinet still serving in the administration, will speak at a National Press Club Luncheon on Monday, Oct. 3.

Vilsack, a former governor of Iowa, briefly ran in the 2008 presidential race and was considered by Hillary Clinton as a potential running mate in 2016.

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Former Sen. Bob Graham to discuss '28 pages' of classified 9/11 investigation and what should be revealed at Newsmaker, Aug. 31

August 29, 2016 | By Jamie Horwitz |

Former U.S. Sen. Bob Graham, D-Fla., who led the intelligence committee that investigated the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks in New York and Washington, will discuss the significance of the newly released 28-pages of classified document that show a strong link between the terrorists and the government of Saudi Arabia at a Newsmaker event at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 31 in the National Press Club's White Room.

National Press Club President Thomas Burr will moderate.

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West Virginia lawmakers to talk pensions and retiree healthcare for retired coal miners, Sept. 7 Newsmaker

August 29, 2016 | By Jamie Horwitz |

When Congress returns to Washington after Labor Day, it will turn its attention to bills in both chambers designed to stabilize the pensions and retiree health benefits of retired coal miners.

Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., joined by Rep. David B. McKinley, R-W.VA., will discuss S. 1714, the Miners Protection Act of 2015, and H.R. 2403, the Coal Healthcare and Pension Protection Act at a National Press Club Newsmaker, Wed., Sept 7, at 10 a.m., in the club’s Zenger Room. National Press Club President Thomas Burr will moderate the Newsmaker.

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American opioid and heroin crisis growing worse -- Free one-day workshop Monday Sept. 26

August 28, 2016 | By Julie Schoo |

On one August weekend this year, Huntington, West Virginia, recorded 27 heroin overdoses within four hours, including one that resulted in death. Every day in the United States, 44 people die as a result of a prescription opioid overdose. Among people 25-65 years old, drug overdose caused more deaths in the U.S. than motor vehicle crashes.

The Poynter Institute, in conjunction with the National Press Club Journalism Institute, will offer a free one-day workshop and luncheon at the Club led by Poynter’s Al Tompkins on Monday, Sept. 26, to help journalists cover this unfolding story.

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Secretary of Defense Carter to Speak at Luncheon, Thursday Sept. 15

August 28, 2016 | By Erik Meltzer |

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter will brief the media on the latest developments in the fight against Islamic State at a National Press Club luncheon on Thursday, September 15. During his confirmation hearings in 2014, Carter said that the U.S. military in the Middle East must ensure a “lasting defeat” of ISIS. He’s also advocated supplying Ukraine’s military with lethal arms to help battle Russia-backed separatists.

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